Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Sage & Brown Butter

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter

Forget store bought gnocchi; make your own with this incredible, melt in your mouth, recipe!

I was walking through the isles at Trader Joe’s and saw a package of premade gnocchi. I thought I would grab it and put it in my cart to get some inspiration for my next recipe.

Well, then I passed by the sweet potatoes in the produce isle…. Hmm… Maybe, I can incorporate sweet potato in the sauce for the gnocchi… Ohh, some sage? Alright, this is all coming together…

Okay, NO, wait, what am I thinking? I need to make my own gnocchi! Umm, what am I, an amateur?

Actually, yes, I am. I don’t know how to make gnocchi from scratch! Well, it’s worth a try and, well, I am pretty upset that I have never made this before.

Kitchen venture #7089 is a SUCCESS!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter

Side note, sage is so pretty. I love how the intricate texture of the leaves hold the water droplets… Anyway… 🙂

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter

The flavor of the sweet potato and sage was incredible.

Who knew, the earthy flavor of sage with the starchy and sweet flavor of sweet potatoes would harmonize so well?

And you know what would make this dish even better?

My trusty friend, señor BUTTER!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter

As you all know, fall is approaching. This warm, cozy and comforting dish is the perfect meal to enjoy while sitting by a roaring fire this fall. Plus, the gnocchi only takes 1 ½ hour to make, from start to finish! Sure beats making it from the package, wouldn’t you say?

Bon Appétit

 Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Sage & Brown Butter


Yields: 4 Servings


For gnocchi

3 large sweet potatoes, about 2 pounds
1 ½ to 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/3 cup ricotta cheese or 1 egg (these are to bind the ingredients together, both taste the same)
¼ cup parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoon salt

For the sauce

½ cup unsalted butter
10 fresh sage leaves
½ onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
pinch nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper


Preheat the oven to 425 F

Pierce the sweet potato with a fork. Bake the sweet potatoes until tender and fully cooked. About an hour depending on size. Remember, it’s better to over bake than to under bake.

While the sweet potatoes are baking, drain the ricotta cheese as much as possible.

Cut the sweet potatoes in half and scoop the flesh into a large bowl. Mash and transfer to a measuring cup. Measure about 2 cups.

TIP** Cool the sweet potatoes before mixing with the other ingredients. This will make for a fluffier gnocchi, because you won’t add as much flour to the mix making them dense.

Transfer the mashed sweet potatoes back to the large bowl. Add the ricotta cheese, salt, nutmeg, pepper, and parmesan cheese and blend until well mixed. Add the flour, ½ cup at a time until a soft dough forms. You might not need to add all the flour asked in the recipe. Lightly flour a work surface and place the dough in a ball on the work surface.

Divide the dough into 6 equal balls. Roll out each ball into 1-inch wide rope. Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces. Roll the gnocchi over the tines of a fork. Transfer the formed gnocchi to a large baking sheet.

Continue with the remaining gnocchi.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the gnocchi in three batches and cook until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Drain the gnocchi using a slotted spoon onto a baking sheet. Tent with foil to keep warm and continue with the remaining gnocchi.

For the brown butter sauce:

Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted add the sage leaves. Continue to cook, swirling the butter occasionally, until the foam subsides and the milk solids begin to slightly brown.

Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the onions, garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Gently stir the mixture and the bubbles subside, toss the cooked gnocchi in the brown butter.

Transfer the gnocchi to a serving dish and serve immediately.

44 Comments Add yours

  1. Never thought of gnocchi with sweet potatoes before. Love the sage idea.


    1. juliewold says:

      Yeah me neither, just thought I’d try it and came out great! The sage idea just came from this flavor book I am always referencing to called Culinary Artistry, which has AMAZING flavor combinations. Definitely should look it up!

  2. shinesarah says:

    This looks delicious! I’m changing what I had planned and making it tonight! I’ve made gnocchi once before, but not with sweet potatoes, what a super idea! Right, first to venture to the garden to pick some sage…! http://www.theshineblog.net

    1. juliewold says:

      Yes! The sweet potatoes make the gnocchi extra fluffy and less dense which makes it melt right in your mouth. I was surprised at how delicious this was.

  3. Melody says:

    Gotta try these!

  4. Ranting Crow says:

    Oh i am sucker for delicious food. Looks goood, will try this for sure. thank you

  5. Gray Dawster says:

    I love how you write these delicious recipes out with such a fine description thrown into the mix. and guess what? I am hungry again 🙂 Keep up the great work my friend as your blog is truly excellent 🙂


  6. Yum! My husband LOVES sweet potatoes AND gnocchi! I’ll have to surprise him soon with this!

    1. juliewold says:

      That’s awesome! My husband is away right now and I have never made this for him, so he will be in for a treat when he is back 🙂 Let me know how it turns out, thank you for stopping by!

  7. foodloveinspiration says:

    Reblogged this on FoodLoveInspiration.

  8. annabattlingana says:

    Im Loving this just feeling over whelmed. WOW!

  9. Reblogged this on Polkadots and Caviar and commented:
    Wow, amazing. I will ave to attempt to paleofy this at some point!

    1. juliewold says:

      If you want to paleofy the recipe, I read that flaxseed flour works great instead of using regular flour.

  10. I love gnocchi, but have never had a sweet potato gnocchi before. The sage & brown butter sauce sounds amazing. Bookmarking this recipe–thanks for sharing!

  11. Love this recipe!!! I’m a HUGE fan of gnocchi and I want to make it as soon as possible.
    Thank you for sharing 😉

    1. blackwatertown says:

      Yes agreed. Looks delicious. And I like that you’ve given an easy alternative to using egg in the recipe. What’s not to like here? Nothing.

  12. Omg I LOVE gnocchi (homemade gnocchi is so fun to make too!) and your photos look stunning! Bon appetit indeed!

  13. Marisa says:

    Hi Julie,

    I’m laughing bc I actually have the Trader Joe’s version in my freezer as we speak! But I make my own, too, and of course you can’t compare the quality of storebought to homemade. Good for you! Photos are lovely as well.


  14. cs51777 says:

    Holy yum! I will have to try this 🙂

  15. Sugarcrush says:

    Never tried making gnocchi at home. This sounds like a really yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Lauren says:

    Your photos are too die for! This sounds delish!

  17. psnbtw says:

    My hubby loves gnocchi! Never tried making it with sweet potatoes like this! Looks delicious! Thanks 🙂

  18. 2brokevegans says:

    i love gnocchi and i was trying to find a good recipe to do my own thank you!!
    there is this recipe called “gnocchi ala sorentina” and you should definitely try it!

  19. nice article. I’m not much of a cook anymore but I enjoy a good eat when I can. the pictures are also very beautiful

  20. Sneaky Veg says:

    This looks wonderful. I love your photos and I have been planning to try something like this with my kids for ages so will definitely be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Oooh… this looks amazing! I can’t wait to try and modify for my GF/Dairy free diet! 🙂

    1. juliewold says:

      Awesome, let me know how that works out! Thank you.

  22. theswindian says:

    This looks amazing! You have beautiful food photography and I am definitely going to make this as a project soon 🙂

  23. Marika says:

    Sounds delicious! I love sage as well. Nothing better than some pasta (or gnocchi) drizzled with brown butter and sage. And the pics…mouth-watering!

  24. rhbblog says:

    What a good idea – will have to try it. Lovely photos!

  25. Kelley @ Deliciously UnPolished says:

    I’m literally sitting at my desk drooling over this post! These look amazing!

    And your pics are gorgeous! 🙂

  26. bhawnasaini says:

    I love making gnocchi at home but have never tried any variant. Your sweet potato gnocchi will be high on my priority list now!

  27. Yum!! Way above my skills, but yum!

  28. afunfoodie says:

    I want to eat this right now! The pics are beautiful. My husband will be thanking you for this recipe. Thanks for the blog like!! 🙂

  29. kvjinc says:

    Great flavour combination.

  30. Divine! I love sage with pumpkin, but I’d never thought to combine it with sweet potato! You make these sound really easy, I might give them a go!

  31. Oh man this sounds AMAZING. Can’t wait to try!

  32. drgreen1969 says:

    Reblogged this on Food-Enjoy and commented:
    This looks so yummy I would not change a thing. Enjoy

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